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Aug 5, 2013 5:25 PM by KATC

Union Pacific issues update to train derailment

The following statementr regarding the train derailment is from Union Pacific:

Lawtell Accident Update
Twenty-six rail cars derailed from a train that was travelling on the rail line that parallels Highway 190 near Lawtell, Louisiana, on Sunday, August 4, at approximately 3:27 p.m.Investigators found that three cars were leaking their contents, but crews worked through the night and contained the leaks. The current conditions are not considered harmful to the surrounding community. Real-time air monitoring has been established at the derailment site and throughout the area and has found the air quality to be safe.

Other cars were damaged, but did not leak their contents. We are developing plans to safely transfer the contents out of some of the damaged rail cars.

Response to Evacuation Order
The State Police called for an evacuation for areas located about a mile and a half around the accident site and we are working with local officials to ensure the public remains safe. We do not yet know how long the evacuation order will remain in effect.

Arrangements have been made for those being evacuated to stay at the Evangeline Downs Hotel and the Comfort Suites in Opelousas, Louisiana. We are doing everything we can to assist these families, who have been very understanding, and we appreciate their patience as we work through this situation. A phone number was set-up for residents impacted by the evacuation, which is 1-877-877-2567 (option one).

Operations Update
Four of the cars have been re-railed and the other cars have been moved to the side and crews are replacing approximately 1,800 feet of track that were damaged. The cause of this accident is still under investigation.

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